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Invitation to Paradise, 1922

  • oil paint, canvas
  • 114 x 150.4 cm
  • Inv. 2000-A

© SABAM Belgium 2023

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During the First World War, Edgard Tytgat fled to England. While there he took to printmaking. He illustrated the fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood and other stories in coloured woodcuts and linocuts. Even after the war Tytgat retained his penchant for narrative and often humorous scenes, frequently painted in a primitive and popular style. In this work we see children on a boat mooring at a paradisiacal island where St Nicholas is waiting for them. The image on the boat’s sail refers to the passage in the Bible where Christ says: ‘Suffer the little children to come unto me’. The artist portrays himself amidst the playing children in the walled garden on the island. He did a woodcut of the same subject in the same year.


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Brussels 1879 - Woluwé-Saint-Lambert (Brussels) 1957
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Title Invitation to Paradise
Date 1922
Period 20th century
Location Nivelles TGN
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings signature and year bottom right: EdgardTytgat / 1922
inscription on the back of the canvas: INVITATION AU PARADIS / NIVELLES 1922 / EdgardTytgat / 111
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 2000-A
Current whereabouts Work on loan
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300056485 fantastic art AAT
300124534 self-portraits AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11H saints Iconclass
11H(NICHOLAS) the bishop Nicholas of Myra (or Bari); possible attributes: anchor, boat, three golden balls (on a book), three purses, three children in a tub, three maidens Iconclass
11P31131 insignia of bishop, e.g. mitre, crozier Iconclass
21D water (one of the four elements) Iconclass
25F animals Iconclass
25F2 mammals Iconclass
25G(+32) plants; vegetation (+ flowers, blossom, blossoming) Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25G41 flowers Iconclass
25G41(WATER-LILY) flowers: water-lily Iconclass
25H213 river Iconclass
25H2143 pond, pool Iconclass
25H217 river bank Iconclass
31A233 kneeling figure Iconclass
31A235 sitting figure Iconclass
31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31AA the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa) - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31AA235 sitting figure - AA - female human figure Iconclass
31D112 child Iconclass
31D1121 tot, toddler ~ the ages of man Iconclass
31D11221 boy (child between toddler and youth) Iconclass
31D11222 girl (child between toddler and youth) Iconclass
31D12 youth, young man, adolescent Iconclass
31D120 Youth, Adolescence, 'Iuventus'; 'Adolescenza', 'Gioventu' (Ripa) Iconclass
31D13 adolescent, young woman, maiden Iconclass
31D130 Maidenhood Iconclass
31D14 adult man Iconclass
33C82 heavenly love versus earthly love Iconclass
41A635 fenced or walled garden; 'Hortus Conclusus' Iconclass
43C7 children's games and plays Iconclass
43C74 child in environment and time Iconclass
46C23 boat propelled by man or animal Iconclass
46C24 sailing-ship, sailing-boat Iconclass
47I2112 cow Iconclass
47I213 sheep Iconclass
47I2133 lamb Iconclass
48BB1 artist at work, in his workshop - BB - out of doors Iconclass
48C513 portrait, self-portrait of painter Iconclass
48C515 tools, implements of painter Iconclass
48C515(+0) tools, implements of painter (+ variant) Iconclass
48C5151 easel Iconclass
48C5152 palette Iconclass
48C5153 brushes ~ implements of painter Iconclass
48C73512 clarinet, bassoon, oboe, shawm Iconclass
48C75 making music; musician with instrument Iconclass
61B2(TYTGAT, Edgard) historical person (TYTGAT, Edgard) Iconclass
71A321 Garden of Eden, paradise Iconclass
73C722 Christ explaining his doctrine to women and children Iconclass
73C7224 Christ blessing children brought by their mothers, usually with some disciples disapprovingly looking on (Matthew 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17) Iconclass
School / Style naive art AAT
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. II, p. 37, 326-327 (ill.))
Edgard Tytgat : Herinnering aan een geliefd venster (tentoonstelling Leuven, M-Museum Leuven, 08.12.2017 - 08.04.2018) / Peter Carpreau, Gust Van den Berghe, Klara Rowaert. - Leuven : M (Leuven), 2017 ; Gent : Ludion, 2017 (p. 48, 56-57, cat. 5)
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